Art & Design Graphics is a wide-ranging creative discipline that encompasses a diverse array of art techniques and design concepts. Pursuing the A-Level Art & Design Graphics course with us will afford you the invaluable opportunity to cultivate and refine your artistic skills through design, while simultaneously building an intimate familiarity with the critical areas of concept illustration, advertising, photography, typography and design branding. By immersing yourself in this dynamic discipline, you will unlock your full creative potential, and gain an extensive toolkit of skills and knowledge that will empower you to succeed in a variety of professional contexts.
Over the two years of this Art & Design Graphics A-Level, we will encourage you to experiment while nurturing your personal, imaginative and reflective approach to design. You will experience practical and contextual workshops ensuring an early focus on discovering and developing your own creative voice. Our experienced practitioners will support you through a framework of traditional skills (art, drawing, photography, printmaking), design principles exploring 2D or 3D form (laser cutting, 3D printing), and supportive digital applications (Adobe Creative Suite).
Your first year introduces creative ideas development and basic skills of graphic design, working alongside world-leading design agencies, guest lecturers and client-focused projects. In the following year, you have the opportunity to tailor your studies to fit your evolving interests and complete your personal ideas and professional practice.
An Art related GCSE grade 4 or an assessed portfolio of work.
This is purely a practical course. You will work on and complete projects that will be assessed in the form of coursework throughout the two years.
The A Level is a two-year course and you have to complete the full 2 years to achieve a qualification.
The work that you produce in the second year will assessed for the qualification and if you are successful it will be graded through bands A to E.
Once you have finished this course, you will be well prepared for further study at university. You may choose to study at university across the country or you could study our BA(Hons) Design degree in Lewes, BA (Hons) Graphic Design or Illustration in Hastings. You may also look to seek employment within the creative industries as a designer, artist, or illustrator, working within 3D and packaging, graphics, web, motion and TV production or within advertising and branding.
You will be charged an initial fee to cover basic materials such as print, paper, ink and paint.
There is an Art shop where you can buy a range of additional materials at discounted prices. You will need to buy sketchbooks. You will be encouraged to participate in gallery visits and you will need to finance you travel and any entry costs.
As a creative student A-Level student, we recommend that you study and work for an additional five hours per week at home or in the studio.
You will also be invited on our annual international study trip, to experience art in different cultures. Recent destinations have been Berlin, Hong Kong, Madrid, New York, Paris and Chicago.